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Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Duration: 39:26

Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Fourth Symphony, written in the 2 years following the Third Symphony. It was Brahms's final work in this genre; Stephen explores some of the characteristics of the work's opening understated lilting melody, and considers the similarities with one of Brahms's Four Serious Songs, written the year before he died. The programme includes illustrative extracts of the work performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Jirí Belohlávek.

Available since: Sun 11 May 2014


Johannes Brahms

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Discovering Music Brahms: Symphony No 4

Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Symphony No 4, with excerpts and a complete performance.

First broadcast: 12 Jun 2011

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